Ten great things to do at Cobb+Co Museum this weekend

04 June 2015

Celebrate Queensland Week by discovering more about our local history at Cobb+Co Museum this long weekend.

Entry to Cobb+Co Museum is free for all residents in the Toowoomba Regional Council area, so if you’ve never been before, this is a great time to visit the campus of the Queensland Museum that’s right on your doorstep.

Some of the great things to do this weekend at the Museum include:

1. Watch the traditional skill of blacksmithing in action.
Australian Champion blacksmith Terry Drennan will be sharing his skills with advanced blacksmithing students throughout the long weekend. Watch as plain pieces of steel are transformed into ornate garden gates in the Museum’s blacksmithing shop.

2. Meet one of our region’s creative talents and watch her at work.
Feature Artisan Dyani Evans, from Little Deer Studio, will be demonstrating how she makes her beautiful and ecofriendly books and stationery, as well as sharing tips for making hand made paper, on Saturday 6 June, 11am-2pm in the Museum Shop.

3. Discover local stories from the First World War in the Horse in War exhibition.
Did you know that Brigadier General William Grant, who commanded the legendary Light Horse charge on Beersheba, was a Darling Downs pastoralist before the war? Discover his story as well as never before told stories of local lads who answered the call to fight for their country.

4. Have a go at leatherplaiting
Learn the basics of plaiting four and five strands of leather in the Museum’s have a go session at 11.30am every day.

5. Join a 30 minute guided tour of the Museum and the permanent collections.
Hear some of the stories behind the displays on a guided tour that takes you through the National Carriage Collection of 47 horse drawn vehicles, including the last Cobb & Co. coach to do a mail run in 1924. Tours are 10.30am and 2.30pm every day.

6. Test your skills in the Energy for Life Discovery Centre.
Get hands on in the region’s only interactive science display. Test your skills, challenge your friends, make a marble run with the kids, and more.

7. Discover natural history in the Inquiry Centre.
Get up close with the fauna of the region, with the Museum’s collection of hands on items including skins, scales, an echidna, tawny frogmouth and more.

8. Learn more about the traditional owners of the region in the Binangar Centre.
Discover stories and items from the traditional owners of our region. Find out about Eddie Gilbert, the Aboriginal cricketer who bowled Sir Donald Bradman for a duck.

9. See the fossilised remains of Megafauna that roamed in our backyard 100,000 years ago.
Skulls, bones and teeth of giant marsupials that used to call the Darling Downs home, including the skull and left femur of the huge Diprotodon, are on permanent display in the Museum.

10. Treat yourself to a hand made lunch in Cobb’s Coffee Shop.
Delicious hand made lunches, including gourmet pies, are made on site in the open kitchen of Cobb’s Coffee Shop.

For more information visit www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au or call 07 4659 4900.

Cobb+Co Museum is part of the Queensland Museum Network.  Located in Lindsay Street, Toowoomba, the Museum opens daily from 10am – 4pm.

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For further information call us on +61 (0) 7 4659 4900 or contact us using our online form.

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